This may be a really boring post tonight. But let me tell you about my day.
First of all, I had to clean the house. Since I lost my cleaning lady, I decided that I could save some money by just cleaning myself. I used to really enjoy cleaning. Not so much anymore. But I did it and got it done in less than 3 hours. And as good a job as my cleaning lady did, I think it is cleaner. I’m a bit of a clean freak so it never really is dirty, but I paid close attention to getting it really clean. And I just love a clean house.
Then off to see dad. We had a nice chat. He is still unhappy about them transferring his favorite aide, but I think he is finally adjusting. Tomorrow I am drafting a letter to the administrator of the nursing home to express my displeasure for their total disregard of their patients. Dad and another man went to see the director of nursing on Friday and she was patronizing to them and totally ignored everything they had to say. I’ve never met this woman, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t like her.
Off then to get dad’s oil changed. We are trying to sell his ramp van and he didn’t want me to get the oil changed. But it needed to be changed and he will never know. LOL
Grocery store was my next stop – ugh! But now I have something to eat again. It has been an adjustment since we used to eat out nearly every night and now I’m eating at home.
Next was to finish up my book cover and get everything uploaded. Of course I was having issues with the formatting. But, thanks to a friend, it is now perfect and I didn’t pull out too much hair. And my book cover was giving me all kinds of fits too. But a really good friend didn’t just help, she called me and talked me through it. I’m happy with it finally. I’m still hoping that I can have everything ready to go by 2/1. That’s a few days past my goal publication date, but I would rather it was done correctly and late than wrong and on time.
So much to be thankful for today – a clean house, good visit with dad, food to eat, friends willing to help out on my book. And now, I’m off to finish up a good book and write a couple of reviews.
Okay, gotta get my head back into blogging. And being thankful. This will undoubtedly be short.
I got a Christmas gift from Warren this year. That all by itself is a Christmas miracle. He rarely gets me anything. In fact, my cousin asked me one night “Why won’t you let him get you anything?” I howled at that. Let? The better question is “Why won’t he get you anything?”
Anyway, I know he’s a practical guy so I gave him a list. He told me what to order and handed me his credit card. Not terribly romantic or much of s surprise, but better than no gift like most years.
I order the Shark Rocket. Normally I would say a vacuum represented work and was a lousy gift. Not so. This is the best gift ever. I love it. It is tiny and lightweight. I thought I had a really clean house. But using this and seeing how much it was sucking up makes me cringe to see how dirty my house was.
So, today I’m thankful for my Rocket. And for even getting a Christmas gift.
Today has been a hectic day. Today has been a fun day. It was a good day of getting to know staff better. I think I have the best staff people absolutely anywhere. I can’t always offer them the best pay or the best benefits. But I certainly can offer them a flexible workplace where they are treated as individuals. And I get so much in return. They are hard working, dedicated employees. And I’m thankful for them.
Today was our annual Christmas luncheon. I jokingly told them that I don’t say “thank you” often enough and that I wanted them to know how much I appreciate them….and that I hope that will hold them until next year’s Christmas lunch. We laughed.
I don’t say thank you often enough and I’m going to try and be much more diligent about it than I have in the past. It is so easy to get wrapped up in what we are doing, what is happening at home, what we are having for dinner, etc. that we tend to forget to say it. So, I am committing to verbalize my thanks and my gratitude to my staff much more often. And not just for the extra special things they do – but for the ordinary things they do. Really, the ordinary is what makes everything work.
Won’t you join me in the challenge? Say a heartfelt thanks to someone you work with every single day. It will make their day…and you will be blessed yourself.